For those of you who’ve lived in Mumbai for the past couple of years, I’m sure you couldn’t have missed the progressive rise in population, traffic, pollution and chaos. From my experience I bet that all the extra people who’ve landed up in the city are definitely the new crop of actors and models!!
Hello World! Audition queues have now become endless! The highlight of the week was the audition for a new Cadbury campaign. Knowing that they probably have the best ads on TV, I should have predicted that the whole world was going to land up!
Truckloads of boys, girls, young wives, young husbands, aunties and uncles thronged the tiny studio. From newbies to celebrities everyone was vying for a piece of… chocolate!
I waited for two hours while some poor souls waited the entire day, and kept coming back through the course of the 5 days to get their minute to win it! Along with my hair, make up and dialogue preparation before an audition, I have also learned to physically and psychologically prepare myself for survival. # The fight or flight response!
It’s easier to shell out a couple of extra bucks and get a VIP darshan at Shirdi, than it is in our world. Excuses like “I have a flight to catch”, “I’m not well” or “I’m a foreigner” don’t take you anywhere anymore. The only way to short circuit the queue system is by becoming semi-celeb. Neil Bhoopalam was ushered straight to the front but was also the victim of the silent but deadly vibes emanating from the lesser beings.
On my way out, I bumped into fellow starlet Adah Sharma. I didn’t know her personally, but she gently broke the ice with “You are Miss K right?”… Having tackled that question before, I feigned ignorance and said “who?”. I thought I had her, when suddenly, her bubbly manager who knows me well, quickly jumped in and pooped my party, confirming, “Yaa! Miss K na! That’s her!”
As you know, sweetness isn’t a common virtue around here, so I was pleasantly surprised when she reached out with genuine praise. I complimented her on her latest commercial, which I’d actually liked a lot, and we went our ways! Our field is a funny one, where everyone knows of each other without really knowing each other.
Among other things, I bumped into Lokhandwala Lad at an audition for a TV show, and saw him act for the first time. He was really good! I was mischievously plotting on pulling out my camera and leaking his identity, but unfortunately, I was too busy preparing for my turn.
PS: For those who’ve been speculating on Facebook, one thing’s for sure, I am not Adah Sharma…Nor am I Sonakshi Sinha or Shraddha Kapoor ;o)
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